About Grantham University

University Administration

Joseph McGrath, President

Joseph McGrath, President

Joseph McGrath is president of Grantham University. Prior to joining Grantham, he held the position of director of finance and administration for a group of private schools located throughout Europe. Mr. McGrath also served in various executive capacities in commercial and corporate banking for almost 20 years. His financial background and educational leadership skills have proved invaluable to Grantham University in the areas of financial management and the academic success of students. Mr. McGrath's military service includes serving in the U.S. Army for three years as an officer at the NATO Headquarters LANDSOUTHEAST in Izmir, Turkey, and as an officer at the Third Regional Assistance Command (TRAC) in South Vietnam. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Provost

Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Provost

Dr. Marilyn Bartels, provost for Grantham University, has served for more than 20 years in higher education, with senior leadership experience in accreditation, regulatory compliance, and the development of new colleges and universities. Additionally, Dr. Bartels has professional business experience in public relations, marketing and employee communications, and maintains a successful track record in forming corporate and community partnerships. She holds a Ph.D. in Speech from Southern Illinois University.

Cheryl Hayek, Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Cheryl Hayek, chief academic officer, has focused on faculty leadership and student support for the past 20 years. She created the VIP² Faculty Development and Leadership Program and the Swaddled Support Services (SSS) model for adult learners, which earned Grantham University the 2011 APSCU Innovative Best Practice/New Program Award. Dr. Hayek holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northcentral University.

Steve Waldron, Chief Enrollment Officer

Steve Waldron, JD, Chief Enrollment Officer

Steve Waldron, chief enrollment officer, is a retired Marine Corps Colonel with more than 27 years of military service. While in the Marine Corps, he held several command, staff and judge advocate positions, deploying to various combat zones on three occasions. Mr. Waldron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Ed Sammarco, Chief Financial Officer

Ed Sammarco, Chief Financial Officer

Ed Sammarco, chief financial officer, has extensive accounting and finance knowledge. He previously served for more than 11 years as a Sprint Nextel executive, responsible for several finance and treasury organizations. Additionally, Mr. Sammarco spent more than 15 years in Houston, Texas, where he held numerous accounting and treasury positions, primarily with an international offshore drilling contractor, Global Marine, Inc. He holds an MBA (with a concentration in finance) from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with a major in accounting) from Youngstown State University.

Bob Walker, Chief Information Officer

Robert Walker, Chief Information Officer

Robert Walker, chief information officer, has served for more than 14 years in C-level information technology (IT) roles. He excels in evaluating IT environments, identifying/mitigating risks, and developing and executing strategic plans. His prior experience includes leadership roles with institutions of higher learning, including Concorde Career Colleges, Inc., Missouri Southern State University, and Walsh University, as well as CIO of SunGard/Collegis. Mr. Walker holds an MBA in IT Management from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Vice President of Marketing

Alex Bach, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Alex Bach, vice president of marketing and communications, has served for more than 20 years in various technical, marketing and leadership roles. Prior to joining Grantham University, Mr. Bach worked for Sprint Nextel and within the creative agency environment, meeting the needs of numerous multinational corporations. A United States Marine Corps veteran and former non-traditional student, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Jared Parlette, Vice President of Admissions

Jared Parlette, Vice President of Admissions

Jared Parlette, vice president of admissions, has more than 10 years of experience related to admissions recruiting, business development and outreach, sales management and leadership development. Prior to his current executive role, Mr. Parlette served as director of admissions for Grantham University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Science in Performance Improvement from Grantham University.

Roman Yagnitinsky, Vice President of Financial Aid

Roman Yagnitinsky, Vice President of Financial Aid

Roman Yagnitinsky, vice president of financial aid, has more than 16 years experience in building/rebuilding university financial aid departments to handle significant increases in student volume. Prior to joining Grantham University, Mr. Yagnitinsky was the director of operations for Financial Aid Services at American Public University, where he oversaw operations of the financial aid department. Mr. Yagnitinsky holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. John Fisher College in New York.

Kip Esry, Vice President of Human Resources

Kip Esry, Vice President of Human Resources

Kip Esry, vice president of human resources, has more than 25 years of experience directing people strategies in high-performing organizations. Mr. Esry has held human resources leadership roles for four Fortune 500 organizations and spent 13 years on the Board of the Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association, serving as that organization’s president in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from the University of Kansas.

Karan Krna, Vice President of Compliance

Karan Krna, JD, Vice President of Compliance

Karan Krna, vice president of compliance, has served in higher education for more than 12 years, beginning as an adjunct faculty member then transitioning to university administration. She specializes in compliance, regulatory and accreditation matters. Prior to working in higher education, she was an attorney in private practice. Ms. Krna holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Jeff Cropsey, Vice President for Strategic Iniatives and External Relations

Dr. Jeff Cropsey, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and External Relations

Dr. Jeff Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations, has worked for more than 40 years in positions that range from Army counselor to European command director of the Air Force, director of the Navy College Program worldwide, and director of DANTES prior to his retirement from the Department of Defense (DoD). During his career, he has received five armed services civilian meritorious service awards and the CCME President’s Award for his lifelong contributions to military education. Dr. Cropsey holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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